Ms. Jessica P. Houston has been appointed as director for advancement - management services at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago beginning March 19. Houston is responsible for managing LSTC's alumni and donor database, supervising support staff in the Advancement Office, researching new prospects, and reviewing and refining procedures for the timely processing of gifts and requests.
Houston joined LSTC's staff as administrative assistant to the vice president of administration and finance in October 2000. In August 2003 she became the executive associate to finance and special projects, responsible for the efficient and effective management of the administrative areas of the finance office.
For the last 15 years, Houston has served in non-profit administration. She has worked for the Interfaith Council for the Homeless; Ann Becker and Associates, Inc.; the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Community Renewal Society, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, and Stauros USA.
Houston holds a B.A. in sociology and religious studies from North Central College.
Raised in the Hyde Park community on Chicago's south side, Houston is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She serves as the lay leader of her congregation, Greater Englewood Parish United Methodist Church, and as a certified lay speaker within the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Mark Van Scharrel
Vice President for Advancement
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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.